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ARABFEST 

ARABFEST will take place from 18 to 28 May in Pilsen and from 8 to 12 June in Prague, offering films, theatre, educational lectures and tastings of Arabic cuisine.

Important distinctions for Greece «Greece...

Greece received another important distinction for the video of GNTO’s winter advertising campaign “Greece Does Have a Winter”. It was honored with the Silver Award at the 4th International Tourism Film Festival Africa, in the...

Czech Republic to champion media freedom as...

The UN General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly for the Czech Republic to replace Russia on the Human Rights Council, the United Nations’ leading human rights body. The Czech Republic’s term starts immediately with the council due to meet for...

ISRAEL ON THE RIVER

Discover Israel through its culture, food and fun. Experience Israel on the Vltava River! The first Israel on the river will take place on May 14 and 15 at the Strelecky island. Enjoy authentic Israeli cuisine or hire a blanket and picnic by...

Shop with classic Czech designs opens in...

Bohéma is the name of a new Prague shop selling T-shirts and other items featuring classic Czech images, from Sokol gymnasts to writer Karel Čapek. The company, previously online only, has opened the outlet in a building associated with major...

Should second foreign language be voluntary...

As part of a number of educational reforms, the government has proposed making the learning of a second foreign language in Czech primary schools voluntary for students rather than compulsory as it is at present, sparking criticism, controversy...

Saint Walpurgis Night celebrated with...

The night of April 30th, halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice, is associated with warding off evil spirits. In the Czech Republic, the occasion is traditionally observed by lighting a bonfire on a hill and burning an...

The role of international law in the Russian...

The Russian invasion of Ukraine poses some challenges for students of International Law and Diplomacy in terms of what they have were taught and what they have come to expect of the discipline. Since World War II, there has been no major wars...

Czech Radio’s fundraising project to pay for...

Czech Radio has launched a new fundraising project which aims to provide musical instruments to children of Ukrainian refugees but also to Czech children whose parents don’t have the means to buy them. The project, called If a Thousand...

Czech Republic has Neolithic structures...

Almost everyone has heard of the Great Egyptian Pyramids of Giza, the oldest-known of which was built around 2600 BC; most people in the West have heard of England’s Stonehenge, believed to have been constructed somewhere between 3000 BC to...

Žďák Bridge – the largest single-arch...

The Žďák Bridge, which spans the banks of the Vltava River, was completed in 1967. At the time it was the largest single-arch steel bridge in the world. The Žďák Bridge spans the banks of the Vltava near Staré Sedlo on the left bank and...

Radio Prague International is celebrating...

Radio Prague International celebrated its 85th birthday on Thursday! We would like to thank all our listeners, readers and folowers for staying with us. As a little present, here is a tour of where we work – the Czech Radio Building on...

30 years of European solidarity

The NCCC Traders by Nature connect people to make beautiful things happen. When people connect, the positive will win from the negative without a doubt. Creating positive sustainable impact is powered by people that work together and share...

Study: Third of Czechs say “only question of...

A newly published opinion poll on Czech society’s response to Russia’s war on Ukraine suggests that support for NATO is at its highest level for almost three decades – while only 9 percent of respondents now feel there is no threat of armed...

Team of enthusiasts producing bilingual book...

Czech children’s writer Petr Březina has launched a unique undertaking to help Ukrainian child refugees feel at home in the Czech Republic. He has put together a bilingual book of children’s fairy tales, illustrated by Czech children, which...

Pilsen’s Great Synagogue re-opens after...

The Great Synagogue in Pilsen, has opened its door to the public after a three-year renovation. The monumental building, which is the second biggest synagogue in Europe and one of the five biggest in the world, opened last Sunday, just a few...

Israeli trauma expert on refugee wave: You...

Taking in over 300,000 war refugees in the space of several weeks is an unprecedented challenge for the Czech Republic logistics-wise and in terms of psychological support. A team of experts from the Israel Trauma Coalition, which trains...

Books donated to the Oriental Institute...

Dozens of new books on contemporary Japan have been gifted to the General Library of the Oriental Institute of the CAS. The books were donated by the Nippon Foundation and presented by His Excellency Hideo Suzuki, the Ambassador of Japan to the...

Popular Czech puppet character to fly into...

Hurvínek, one of the Czech Republic’s most popular puppet characters, is heading into space. He will be carried to the outer edge of the stratosphere on board of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Hurvínek is the second children’s character to fly...

50 years since Bohemian Karst declared...

With its rugged terrain, cave complexes and iconic Karlštejn castle, the protected landscape area of the Bohemian Karst is one of the most visited sites in Czechia. The Protected Landscape Area of the Bohemian Karst spans 130 square kilometres...

Prague Castle opens exhibition honouring...

A new exhibition focusing on Slovene architect Jože Plečnik has opened at Prague Castle, the Czech capital’s iconic landmark that Plečnik himself had a big role in reconstructing. The exhibit, located both within the Old Palace building and the...

Seznam owner sending CZK 100 million to...

The owner of Czech internet giant Seznam.cz, Ivo Lukačovič, says he will send CZK 100 million of his own money to help Ukraine. Mr. Lukačovič wrote on Twitter on Monday that he could not get footage following a Russian massacre in the Ukrainian...

Czech brewers hope to add Czechia’s beer...

The Czech Association of Breweries and Malt Houses (ČSPS) is aiming to get Czech beer culture added to UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list. The authors of the application are optimistic about their chances, but warn that it will take at...

Exhibition brings Czech animation to life

Czech animated films have enjoyed international popularity and acclaim that far outstrips what you might expect from a small country of 10 million people. A current Prague exhibition aims to show the public that Czech animation is still alive...

Events happening in April

April is in the name of dance. The National Theater will premiere a dance performance BPM, which was created in cooperation with Israeli and Czech choreographers and dancers. And one performance is not enough, so go to Trutnov to see another...

Meet the Prague ambassador hosting two...

Many in the Czech Republic have been welcoming Ukrainian refugees into their homes. One of the most high-profile Prague residents to do so is the ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Martina Mlinarević, whose family have taken in two Ukrainian...

Funding for Terezín barracks overhaul under...

The Dresden Barracks, one of the largest buildings in the former Terezín ghetto, are currently in a desolate state. Experts say that the complex needs to be repaired quickly if it is to survive. However, the necessary funds may be harder to...

Czechs and Russians: A love-hate...

Czechs have always had a complicated relationship with Russians. At some points in history, they saw them as their Slavic brothers who could help them gain independence and freedom.

The first Czech female doctor graduated in...

Anna Honzáková was the very first Czech female doctor and gynaecologist, as well as being a women’s rights activist and opponent of abortion. She treated women both rich and poor, providing treatment free of charge to those who couldn’t afford...

Prague Radio’s Symphony Orchestra to hold...

Czech Radio is hosting a benefit concert in support of Ukraine in Prague’s Rudolfinum Concert Hall on Monday evening. The concert, featuring the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, will combine music by Ukrainian and Czech composers. The proceeds...

Ubuntu Is Parada YouTube Channel by...

Last year, Humanitas Afrika launched its newest initiative which is a youtube channel called UBUNTU IS PARADA. The name of the channel combines an African philosophy UBUNTU (unity, interdependence, interconnectedness, togetherness of humanity)...

Czech leaders condemn Russian hospital...

Russia’s bombing of a maternity and children’s hospital in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol is a war crime, says the Czech prime minister, Petr Fiala. Mr. Fiala said on Twitter that Vladimir Putin was killing innocent women and children and that...

Legendary tank on Kinsky Square repainted in...

The legendary tank on Kinsky Square in Prague, which artist David Černý famously repainted pink in April 1991, has now been repainted in Ukraine’s colours. Between 1945 and 1991, a tank stood on a plinth in Kinsky Square in Prague, as a...

Ukrainian refugees arriving by the thousands...

Since the start of the Russian aggression in Ukraine close to two million people have fled the country. Close to 200,000 refugees, mainly old people, women and children, have found their way to the Czech Republic –on their own, with the help of...

Czechs declare “state of emergency for...

The Czech government is further intensifying its efforts to aid Ukraine. Systems are being put in place to help the Ukrainian refugees entering the country every day and ministers say a state of emergency from Friday will accelerate the process...

Israeli Culture in the Czech Republic

A cultural overview of Israeli art in Czechia in March. Be with Israeli culture in the spring. A world format drummer 16.3.2022 / 19:00 / Jazzinec / Trutnov 20.3.2022 / 19:00 / Jazz Dock / Praha 23.3.2022 / 20:00 / U bílýho černocha / Česká...

This Is The Closest We Will Get

Devashish Gaur’s layered approach to portraiture builds visual conversations between three generations of men in his family, exploring the intimacy and distance embedded in family archives. There is a particular collage in Indian photographer...

The Prague Ratter: a small but lively...

Czechs are known as one of the dog-friendliest nations in Europe, with around two million dogs living in a country of ten million. Apart from the globally popular dog breeds, such as Golden Retrievers, you can also spot breeds that originated...

WORLD PANGOLIN DAY

The third Saturday in February is World Pangolin Day, the purpose of which is to draw attention to the importance of protecting these unique creatures. These are currently the most illegally smuggled animals in the world. The Prague Zoo will...

Lukas Cerny from LASVIT talks about...

Glass and design leader LASVIT is illuminating the Czech Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai with Golden Rain, a groundbreaking six-metre-high organically shaped installation. The light installation is made entirely of recyclable metal and glass that...

European affairs minister highlights media...

Media freedom and responsibility should become one of the themes highlighted during the forthcoming Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the Slovak Presidency of the Visegrad Group (V4), the Czech Minister for European...

Holocaust Remembrance Day events held around...

Events marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, observed on January 27, are being held around the Czech Republic. Commemorative ceremonies are being held on the site of the former concentration camp in Terezín, in the Czech Senate, the Ministry of...

New app tracks Holocaust as it happened in...

On the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, on January 27, the Czech Academy of Sciences has launched a new mobile application, created together with the Multicultural Centre Prague and the Terezín Initiative Institute.

World Amateur Golf Tour 2022 locations...

It is with great pleasure that we announce the launch of the 2022 World Amateur Tour. This year we will take you from Quinta do Lago, Portugal to Rome where we will discover the 2023 Ryder Cup venue, we will then flying to Scandinavian number...

Now Open: LensCulture Portrait Awards

The 9th annual LensCulture Portrait Awards aim to discover and reward more than 35 photographers around the globe who are making exceptional photographic portraits today. These awards are open to photographers at all levels of experience, and...

JULIE SVĚCENÁ – VIOLIN RECITAL

18. 1. 2022 – 19:30 The Church of St. Simon and St. Jude Link: Since winning the International Radio Competition ‘Concertino Praga’ in 2010, Julie Svěcená has been performing extensively throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Her...

International Hugging Day

Dear friends of the Prague City Gallery, to celebrate the New Year, we invite you to a joint global event: on 21 January 2022 at 9 PM, embrace physically or virtually one or more persons and express your wishes, verbally or otherwise. This day...

Czech pastries that will blow your mind

There are hundreds of variations of Czech pastries, and sometimes it is hard to choose which one to try this time. In fact, some pastries are better to eat at breakfast, others at dinner. That is why we created our list with the best sweets...

Who stands behind Czech avant-garde?

Jaroslav Seifert was born and raised in Prague, a part of Austria-Hungary at that time, to a work-class family. During his time at secondary school, the future poet developed an interest in writing poetry and journalism. That was the primary...

Míla Fürstová exhibition at the Czech...

Babička & Kytice by Míla Fürstová Míla Fürstová is best known for making Coldplay‘s art for their world-wide number one album, Ghost Stories, as well as the UK covers for the NY Times Best Selling series, Mortal Instruments. Over the last...

Forgotten Czechs – Jan Jánský

“If you would not want to be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” – Benjamin Franklin The legacy of Jan Jánský is a prime example of how certain inventions or findings of...

Discussion and support meet-up: Harassment...

Dear ladies, Join us on Monday, 22nd November, 2021 at 5.30 PM to take part in our first open discussion meet-up on harassment of women in Prague’s public transport. Unfortunately, there have been too many stories from women around Prague...

How to Exercise Right When You’re...

Working 9-5 may be cool for some people, but it definitely puts a spoke in fitness wheels down the road. If you are too tired to show up at the gym after your shift is done, your shape and health can suffer greatly, especially if you are also a...

DSA Gala Concert

With the holiday season coming around and diplomatic life returning to some form of normalcy, we are delighted to inform you that the Diplomatic Spouses Association (DSA; members are Ambassadors spouses) will be organizing a Charity Gala...

The 10 Czech museums you should visit

Are you interested in history? Do you like airplanes or historic vehicles? Would you like to know the secrets behind the taste of Czech beer, perhaps? Radio Prague International has selected 10 Czech museums that you may not necessarily find in...

The Czech Books You Must Read

Kafka, Čapek, Kundera and Havel, these are all world renowned names, but what about all the others? How well are Czech authors actually known abroad? Can you find a bookshop in Berlin, Madrid, Moscow, Paris or New York that aside from classics...

Defence ministry decorates exceptional...

As a part of the celebrations surrounding the 103rd anniversary of the establishment of independent Czechoslovakia, the Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar distributed a number of awards between exceptional individuals who’s devotion furthered the...

Forgotten Czechs – Karel Čapek

After his death the gardener does not become a butterfly, intoxicated by the perfumes of the flowers, but a garden worm tasting all the dark, nitrogenous, and spicy delights of the soil. – Karel Čapek Karel Čapek is undoubtedly one of the most...

Prague Zoo celebrates 90 years

One of the most visited attractions in Prague was ceremoniously opened on September 28th in 1931. It was the first place in the city where the visitors could admire exotic animals that most of them had never seen before. Back then, the first...

Street art now in Prague

On October 14th, the 9th annual Signal Festival will begin in Prague. A week prior to the spectacular event, visitors of Prague can already observe a number of interactive virtual installations. Thanks to a special app, beautiful works of art...

Swap? A new trend, but also savings for the...

Weekly swap from 13th to 19th September in the Prague market in Holešovice Are your closets brimming over but you are still convinced you have nothing to wear? Don’t want to spend much money on clothes? If you like to be supertrendy but...

Moroccan Extremist and Terrorist Mohamed...

The 40-year-old Moroccan extremist and terrorist Mohamed Hajib has been promoting Islamist terrorism on social networks against the institutions and official authorities of the Kingdom of Morocco as well as against the interests of the West...

The hidden gem in the heart of Prague: the...

In 1912 Czech Art Nouveau and cubist architect Emil Kralíček designed the Cubist Lantern during the rebuilding of Adam’s Pharmacy, whose facade overlooks Wenceslas Square. The one of a kind street-lamp is hidden on the secluded corner of...

Prague’s Liechtenstein Palace opens to the...

On 7-8 August, you can take part in guided tours and marvel at the palace’s interiors This weekend, residents and tourists in Czechia will have the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful buildings in Prague: the Liechtenstein Palace...

First UNESCO natural site in Czechia

“Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians & Other Regions of Europe”. This is the latest addition to the UNESCO natural world heritage locations list. One of the locations covered with this umbrella-term inscription lies...

ARE WE GOING TO HAVE CREWMEMBER ON SpaceX´s...

As you might have heard already Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is looking for eight crewmembers for a mission to the moon. Maezawa, a controversial entrepreneur, announced in March 2021 that his dearMoon project, which aims to fly the...

Future Railway station in Brno

A new railway station in Brno has already been one of the city’s priorities for a long time. Now, the architectural plans for the building have been selected and their visualisations were shared. The company selected for the job is Benthem...

The 55th Karlovy Vary International Film...

The official selection of the 55th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF), which takes place from August 20th through the 28th, features 32 premieres. The films will make their bow in the fest’s two competitions and Special Screenings...

Love it or hate it: Czech Olympic outfit...

Designer Zuzana Osako scoured the folk traditions of her country and Japan’s for a common thread to weave into the Czech Republic’s Olympic team outfits for the Tokyo Games opening ceremony in July, turning heads but also drawing...

Prague is the only EU capital to keep an...

Syrian President Bashar Assad claimed to have won 95.1% of the vote in elections held last month, as a joint statement from France, Italy, the US and Britain branded the electoral process “illegitimate”. One nation not to comment on the...

Prague is 8th most sustainable city in the...

The absolute winner was Australia’s Canberra, where 88.6 percent of the transport infrastructure is ecological Prague is the eighth most sustainable metropolis in the world, according to a study commissioned by the British comparison...

Prague unveils a free public closet for...

Prague Market Hall now houses a “Closet for Single Parent Families” To mark Children’s Day (1 June) in the Czech Republic, Prague opened a “Closet for Single Parent Families” at the Prague Market Hall. There, the community can donate items for...

Energetically Marching in to the Wrong Side...

By: Tomislav Jakić The first half of May in Croatia is marked by the anniversaries of two events from the end of the Second World War. With one democratic Croatia, which, if we believe its Constitution, is built on the foundations of anti...

Milan Kundera: Czech writer whose works were...

‘There is no perfection, only life.’ – Milan Kundera It is one of the most powerful quotes from a leading figure of Prague Spring, Milan Kundera. In addition to his political activity, he became a well-known novelist in the Czech Republic and...

Death of Petr Kellner opens debate on his...

The death of Petr Kellner, a reclusive Czech billionaire and the head of PPF group, came as a big shock in the Czech Republic on Monday morning. As further details of his death in a helicopter crash in Alaska emerge, Czechs are looking back at...

Tomáš Baťa, the Henry Ford of Czechoslovakia

A legendary industrialist and creator of the world-famous shoe empire, Tomáš Baťa was a pioneer of technology, advertising, marketing, and business management. Born April 3rd, 1876 in Zlín, Czechoslovakia, Baťa’s father was also a shoemaker...

Biofach at the time of coronavirus

The largest European trade fair for organic food and natural cosmetics took place in Nuremberg in the traditional February term completely digitally. A total of 1,442 exhibitors from 82 countries presented news from the organic world to 13,800...

A soothing waterfall of Bohemian glass

The Czech design and glass company LASVIT is proud to unveil its first major installation in Mexico, in the very heart of its vibrant capital. St. Regis Mexico City commissioned LASVIT to install Twirl, designed by LASVIT’s design team member...

New study reveals price of beer in 58...

Beer, the oldest known recipe in history, is a global obsession, but trends in consumption and cost vary a lot from country to country. To find out just how much costs vary, Expensivity.com conducted comprehensive research to reveal the...

We only live once, but data is forever...

It seems the whole world is online, more so than ever before. On this years’ International Safer Internet Day (SID) we have chosen to share with the public our message via the social media platform, to promote the importance of online safety...

New campaign celebrates Czech women in...

A new campaign by the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences celebrates women in science, but it also points out to the fact that Czech female scientists are not equally represented. The official hashtag of the campaign...

Czech Made: The Sugar Cube

When was the last time you sweetened your tea of coffee with a cube of sugar? Today we take the small compact units of sugar, the exact size of a teaspoon, for granted, but it was not until 1843 that the sugar cube first saw the light of day on...

Czech monarchists raise money to give the...

The Association for the Restoration of the Czech Kingdom has raised money to make a copy of the St. Wenceslas Crown for Charles Habsburg. The grandson of the last Austrian Emperor Charles I, who was also the king of Bohemia and Hungary, will...

Czech group offers ‘take-away’...

The coronavirus pandemic may have shut Czech theatres for now but some Prague residents hungry for entertainment have found that watching a live performance can be as easy as grabbing a takeaway. Prague troupe Cirk La Putyka has opened a...

U Lidmanů apple tree, a prized source of...

For the first time in history, the coveted title of Czech ‘Tree of the Year’ has gone to one bearing fruit: a humble apple tree in the courtyard of a village inn near the Polish border. The U Lidmanů inn in the village of Machovská Lhota, in a...